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Welcome Back Week

Welcome Back Week

Monday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 28 

Student Affairs celebrates the start of the fall term with Welcome Back Week activities and events from Monday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. All students should take advantage of the opportunities to meet student organizations, learn about campus departments and enjoy free fun and food.

If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations in order to participate in these or other events, contact the Office of Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or

Fall 2014 Schedule of Events

Sunday, Sept. 21

Footprints of Peace

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Penn Museum (3260 South St.)
Sponsored by University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
This celebration hosted by Sonia Sanchez, is a multigenerational call for and celebration of peace in conjunction with Peace Day Philly. The celebrity lineup for the day includes actor/jazz vocalist TC Carson, Black Ice, Jessica Care Moore and more.

Feria del Barrio

12:30-5 p.m., North 5th St between Cambria and Lehigh Avenue
Sponsored by Telemundo62, XFINITY and PECO
The Feria Del Barrio festival is a great way to squeeze in just a bit more summer before the term starts. It is a large-scale block party celebrating the best of Latin culture. This includes authentic food, music and arts. There will also be traditional Latin bands playing throughout the day so be prepared to do a little dancing!

Monday, Sept. 22

Traditions Scavenger Hunt

All week, various locations (on campus)
Sponsored by Drexel Traditions and the Office of Campus Activities

Photo Scavenger Hunt

All week, various locations  (off campus)
Sponsored by Drexel University Photography Club and Office of Campus Activities
Kick off the term with a photo scavenger hunt! The concept is easy: Simply register a team (up to 6 students) by emailing your (a) team name, (b) team members’ name(s), (c) team members’ Drexel email and (d) t-shirt sizes to You can register your team anytime during Welcome Back Week. After your team is officially registered, you will receive the scavenger hunt list, a link to where your team will upload your photos and further instructions. Each item on the list is given a point value. The team with the most points wins an awesome gift basket filled with back-to-school goodies and Drexel swag. 

Lunch with a Leader

12-1 p.m., Creese Student Center, Conference Room D
Sponsored by CEO LEAD and the Office of Campus Activities

Sundaes on Mondays

1-2:30 p.m., Mario Statue (33rd and Market streets)
Sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities
Kick off the term with some free and delicious ice cream. Join the Office of Campus Activities for Sundaes on Monday. I scream, you scream, we all just love ice cream…and toppings.

T –Shirt Exchange and Photo Opp

3-5 p.m., Recreation Center Lobby
Sponsored by Drexel Traditions and the Office of Campus Activities

Alpha Pi Lambda Welcome Back Luau

6-8 p.m., 216 N. 33rd St.
Sponsored by Alpha Pi Lambda Fraternity
This event will include a free pig roast, along with music and a free raffle with prizes from various organizations within and around Drexel.

Campus Tours


Tuesday, Sept. 23

Drexel Veterans Meet and Greet Breakfast

7:30-9 a.m., Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3rd floor Atrium
Sponsored by the Drexel Veterans Association and Office of Academic Advising, Retention and Diversity
This is an opportunity for new student veterans to meet with a variety of representatives including Drexel Veterans Association, academic advisors, financial aid representatives, faculty and staff veterans, veteran task force members, ROTC and other supporters of veterans.

Drexel Farmers Market

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Chestnut Square (Chestnut St. between 32nd and 33rd streets)
Sponsored by Drexel Business Services
The market provides the Drexel community with the opportunity to purchase fresh and locally grown food, including a variety of fruits, vegetables, baked goods and preserved fruits and vegetables.

LGBTQA Student Center Open House

12-3 p.m., LGBTQA Student Center, Creese Student Center, Room 48C
Sponsored by Student Center for Inclusion and Culture
Visit the LGBTQA Student Center, meet our staff, get connected and enjoy root beer and coke floats as we kick off the year.

Get the Scoop on the Alumni Association with Your Philly Favorites!

12-1 p.m., Chestnut Square (Chestnut St. between 32nd and 33rd streets)
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations
Stop by for a scoop of water ice, a Philly soft pretzel and a variety of Tastykakes, all compliments of the Drexel University Alumni Association! Better yet, make sure you stop by and grab a piece of Drexel swag to start your Drexel collection! Don't miss the opportunity to chat with the Alumni Relations staff and get the “scoop” on the services the Alumni Association offers including: career development programs, networking opportunities, social and cultural programs and much more. This event is open to all Drexel students and alumni.

Library Learning Terrace Meet and Greet

3-4 p.m., Library Learning Terrace (Race St. between 33rd and 34th streets)
Sponsored by Drexel University Libraries
Enjoy water ice and ice cream treats as you explore another space to work and study. This is also an opportunity for first year students to meet their Personal Librarian.

Rec Fest

4-6 p.m., Recreation Center Fitness Plaza
Sponsored by Recreational Athletics
Be a part of the bi-annual Recreational Athletics Festival! Meet club sports officers, register for intramural sports, discover health, fitness and eellness opportunities, learn about our climbing program and interact with student clubs and fraternity and sorority life representatives. Enjoy light food, refreshments, music, giveaways and games.

Dornsife Community Garden Work Day

6-7 p.m., Dornsife Center (35th and Spring Garden streets)
Sponsored by Drexel Urban Growers
Join community members and Drexel Urban Growers for an evening of garden maintenance, harvest and watering. A great way to learn more about gardening, Mantua and Drexel!

Conduct Board Information Session

6-7 p.m., MacAlister Hall 2019
Sponsored by the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
CALL OUT: Conduct board members needed! The University Conduct Board is recruiting student members. The board reviews complaints of student misconduct and makes decisions regarding responsibility and educational sanctioning. Session attendees will learn about the conduct board and how they can help create a strong campus community. Free pizza!

Couch to 5k

6-7 p.m., Recreation Center Welcome Desk
Sponsored by Recreational Athletics
This program twill help students train to run a 5k, no matter what your current exercise habits are. It will meet every Wednesday leading up to the City Six 5k at 6 p.m. in the recreation center lobby. During each session a fitness professional will go over your week’s workouts with you and discuss any potential barriers you might face. The second half of each session will consists of a group workout following the couch to 5k training plan for that day.

Hidden Gems of University City

6-8 p.m., Mario Statue (33rd and Market streets)
Sponsored by DCom and the Office of Commuter Student Engagement
Drexel Commuter Assistants will lead you on a walking tour of the University City neighborhood pointing out key locations frequented by students and some “hidden gems” that are the place to be in the UC neighborhood. The walking tour will last about 1 hour and students that attend will be treated to free pizza at the Commuter Lounge following the conclusion of the tour.

Welcome to FUSE

7-8 p.m., Myers Hall Tutor Lounge
Sponsored by Foundation of Undergraduates for Sexual Equality (FUSE)
Come join FUSE as we meet for the first time this academic year! Our meeting will be centered on getting to know one another and discussing what FUSE will be doing for this upcoming year.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Activities Unlimited

4-6 p.m., Lancaster Ave. (Rain location: Recreation Center)
Sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities
Activities Unlimited is your chance to meet Drexel’s recognized student organizations and offices on campus. Learn more about clubs and their activities and sign-up to become a member. Meet new people and enjoy free pretzels, drinks and music!

Local Business Fair

4-6 p.m., Rush Garden (Rain Location: Recreation Center)
Sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities and Undergraduate Student Government Association
Here is your chance to learn about various businesses in University City. These vendors and departments want to connect with you, so stop by for free giveaways and offers specifically for Drexel students!

LGBT(t)EA and Coffee Chat: Let’s Talk About (Safe) Sex, Baby

6-7 p.m., North Hall Game Room
Sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Center
Let’s talk about (safe) sex. In collaboration with Drexel SAFE: Students Advocating Feminism and Equality, we will discuss consent, protection and other ways to make sex safer. Refreshments will be provided.

Men's Soccer vs. Princeton

7 p.m., Vidas Field
Sponsored by Drexel Athletics

Thursday, Sept. 25

CAB Presents: Welcome Back Week Mini Golf

12-4 p.m., Korman Quad
Sponsored by Campus Activities Board and Office of Campus Activities
What better way to kick off the new school year than with nine holes of mini golf right in the heart of campus?! Music, cotton candy and plenty of friendly competition to be provided. Stop by between classes to challenge old friends or make new ones. 

Phillies Trolley Campus Tour

12:15 – 12:45 p.m., 33rd and Market streets (northwest corner by the Recreation Center)
Sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies
Come out and get some free giveaways from the Philadelphia Phillies. They will be providing information and schedules, and there may even be a Phanatic sighting.

James E. Marks Intercultural Center Open House

3-5 p.m., James E Marks Intercultural Center (3225 Arch St.)
Sponsored by the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture
Join the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture, Study Abroad and the Office and Equality and Diversity to check out our new space, meet the staff and get connected. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursdays on the Square

5-7 p.m., Chestnut Square (Chestnut St. between 32nd and 33rd streets)
Sponsored by Drexel Retail Management and the Office of Campus Activities
Start the weekly unwind and indulge in delicious food and drinks from Shake Shack, Vegetate, coZara or Zavino Wine Bar Pizzeria and enjoy live music from a diverse line-up of musicians.

S’mores and Hot Dogs with Tri-Sigma

6:30-8:30 p.m., North Hall patio
Sponsored by Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority
In an effort to support our local philanthropy Kisses for Kyle, benefitting families of children with cancer in the Greater Philadelphia area, Sigma Sigma Sigma invites you to roast s’mores and hot dogs with our lovely sisters.

3v3 Basketball Tournament

7-10 p.m., Drexel Armory
Sponsored by Recreational Athletics, Drexel Men’s Club Basketball and Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity
Join us for our annual Welcome Back Week 3v3 Basketball Tournament. Teams of three will compete in a pool-play format followed by a single elimination tournament to determine the top team on campus! Registration for this tournament will take place on site the day of the tournament and is open to all current Drexel students with a valid University ID. For more information, please contact Jillian Formanski, Coordinator of Intramural Sports, at

Friday, Sept. 26

Books and Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research

12-1 p.m., The ExCITe Center (3401 Market St., Suite 100)
Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies
This is a brief introduction to current research by graduate students followed by a moderated discussion. Audience participation is encouraged and free lunch will be provided.

Jersey - Therapy Dog Meet and Greet

2-4 p.m., Recreation Center
Sponsored by Recreational Athletics
Come meet Drexel's new on-site therapy dog - Jersey! Jersey will be hosting his very own meet and greet. Please stop by to say hello and learn more about our new therapy dog program

Women in Engineering Welcome Dinner

6-8 p.m., Bossone Research Enterprise Center, 3rd floor Atrium
Sponsored by Society of Women Engineers and Office of Campus Activities
This will be a productive and meaningful start to the academic year for all students. The environment will invite collaboration with professionals and give alumni the opportunity to provide insight into the value of an engineering education at Drexel. Witnessing the impact of their engineering education and SWE participation, students will be encouraged to pursue excellence in their studies and compound it with a more comprehensive involvement in the Drexel engineering student community.

Drexel Night at Citizen’s Bank Park: Phillies vs. Braves

7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park
Sponsored by Student Affairs
Join your fellow dragons in one of Drexel's favorite Welcome Back Week traditions - Drexel Night at Citizens Bank Park. Cheer on the Philadelphia Phillies as they take on the Atlanta Braves, see Mario dance with the Phanatic and watch a new Drexel Dragon throw out the first pitch. Get decked out in your Drexel best to rep the Dragons at the park. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. but get there early to enjoy the pregame festivities.

Tickets are $20 each and include two SEPTA tokens for transportation to and from Citizens Bank Park. Follow your fellow dragons along the subway route to the game starting at the 34th Street Station (34th and Market streets). Tickets are pre-ordered online and can be picked up during New Student Days and Welcome Back Week. Purchase your ticket online here. For more information, contact  

Women's Field Hockey vs. Rider

6 p.m., Buckley Field
Sponsored by Drexel Athletics

Women's Soccer vs. College of Charleston

7:30 p.m., Vidas Field
Sponsored by Drexel Athletics

Godzilla Movie Night

8-10 p.m., Race Street Lawn (Race St. between 33rd and 34th streets)
Sponsored by the Residential Living Office, Office of Campus Activities and Dragons After Dark
This is a movie night for all Drexel students. There will be popcorn, water ice and pretzels. Bring your own blanket.

Saturday, Sept. 27

College Fest

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sponsored by Campus Philly
Meet your friends at the “Rocky steps” for music, food and giveaways. Check in at the Campus Philly booth when you arrive for your wristband – your key to free rides on the PHLASH bus loop, museum entry and giveaways all day. Tell them you’re from Drexel at check-in and DRexel win the first annual Campus Philly Cup! Tweet @campusphilly to tell them you’re going and RSVP at their Facebook event page using #meetphilly. Visit for more information.

Tri This! Super-Sprint Student Triathlon

1-6 p.m., Recreation Center
Sponsored by Drexel Triathlon Team
What is a super sprint triathlon? A 200-yard pool swim, 6 mile bike ride and 1.5 mile run. This race is open to current Drexel students. No prior experience required - this race is open to everyone, from competitive athletes (sign up in the Club Sports division) to those of us who exercise recreationally. Student Registration is available at Doesn't matter your fitness level, just give it a tri! Space is limited to the first 150 entrants. All racers will receive a race t-shirt, water bottle, swim cap and race bib. Awards will be given to the three fastest men and women of each age group. Financial awards will go to the team/club/group with the most participation and to the fastest team/club/group.

Latino Heritage Cup 4v4 Soccer Tournament

2-6 p.m., Buckley Field
Sponsored by the Latino Graduate Student Association, Latinos for a United Campus, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Spanish Club and Student Center for Inclusion and Culture
This 4v4 soccer tournament is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Register online through  

City 6 Ice Hockey Tournament

4-6:30 p.m., Penn Class of 1923 Ice Rink (3130 Walnut St.)
Sponsored by Drexel Men’s Ice Hockey
The inaugural City 6 ice hockey tournament is comprised of all six major Philadelphia universities: Drexel, Penn, St. Joe’s, Villanova, Temple and La Salle. The Drexel Men’s Ice Hockey team kicks off their portion of the tournament in the semi-finals versus either St. Joe’s or Penn. For more information, visit

Late Night Climbing Session

6-10 p.m., Drexel Climbing Wall, Recreation Center
Sponsored by Recreational Athletics and the Office of Campus Activities
Come with your friends for a free try-a-climb and pizza party! No experience needed and all equipment is included.

40th Street Sumer Series Concert

6 p.m., 40th and Walnut streets (behind the Walnut West Free Library)
Sponsored by Campus Philly, City Paper and the Daily Pennsylvanian
Each summer the University City District, Penn and The Rotunda invite internationally-acclaimed ensembles to play free outdoor concerts that capture the soul of the neighborhood. Artists include Needle Driver and Man Man. Find out more at

Sunday, Sept. 28

Women's Field Hockey vs. Kent State - Alumni Day

12 p.m., Buckley Field
Sponsored by Drexel Athletics

City 6 Ice Hockey Tournament – Championship Game

2-4:30 p.m., Penn Class of 1923 Ice Rink (3130 Walnut St.)
Sponsored by Drexel Men’s Ice Hockey
For more information, visit

Women's Soccer vs. UNCW

2:30 p.m., Vidas Field
Sponsored by Drexel Athletics

Hazing Prevention Awareness Week

Sept. 28-Oct. 4
Find out more here.